This year we aren't going away on holiday but would still like to do something, so we settled on a few days out (that appeal both to teen and toddler) when Dude is off work. The first of these jaunts was a trip to Sealife Centre in Blackpool.
We travelled by train, which with a Family and Friends Railcard we travelled at reduced cost (1/3 off adult fares and £2 per child between ages 4-15). We had planned originally to walk to the Sealife from the train station as it is less than a mile, however the weather was really bad; probably more water outside than in the Sealife Centre!
Once we arrived we didn't have long to wait until we were transported to a world of amazing sea creatures! Squidge and I went through fast track as I had purchased my ticket online (and Squidge went free) as it was cheaper. Dude and Bob had to get theirs on the day as we had an Adult goes Free voucher from the cereal box - definitely worth getting if you can - it cost only £15 for Dude and Bob to get in - bargain!
Upon walking through the doors upstairs (or via lift with buggy or wheelchair) which would take us on our adventure, we had photo's taken in front of a green screen - the photos are available at the end of the experience - I think the cheapest photo was £9 - a nice souvenir if you can get it - but definitely not essential to having a fabulous day out.
We snaked our way around the aquarium venturing into various areas and experiences - your first encounter is with rock pools where you will find starfish and mermaids purses which you are allowed to reach in and touch - Squidge loved this bit, so much so, every time we moved forward through the aquarium she tried to make her way back - only stopped by sea creatures projected onto the floor!
As we made our way towards the deep sea tunnel we entered a room where a talk was given by staff on the sharks and other fish the we could see through the towering windows to the deep sea area and would meet in the tunnel.
As we travelled along our journey we saw stingrays, and seahorses, crabs and unicorn fish (seriously! That is a real fish! - sadly they aren't quite as pretty as unicorns, nor as colourful but definitely interesting in their own way!).
We wandered through Rainforest Adventure, Sea Stars which is new this year, collecting stamps as we went, 10 in total. According to the booklet where your little one collects the stamp, if you collect them all (which we did) then you get a prize at the end (this bit we only realised once we were back home!).
As we exited the aquarium we entered the gift shop where you will also find a small soft play for little ones (it is recommended for under fours).
There is no cafe at the aquarium but there are vending machines for warm drinks and a sweet vending machine (which was very expensive) though there are plenty of tables so you could take a picnic lunch in with you if you were going to find yourself there at lunch time - we personally chose to eat a cafe further along the prom - there isn't a shortage of these!
Once we had done our trip around the aquarium, we went and had a wander along South Pier as the weather had turned out quite pleasant by this point. We went on rides (there are a few rides for older ones/adults and also a selection of rides for the smalls). We ate ice creams and Squidge got her first ride on a donkey and bounced across all the trampolines (they were empty!) on the open air trampolines located on the prom.
All in all, it was a really nice day that appealed to the adults, teens and toddler - sometimes trying to find days out that equally appeal to a 14 year old and a two year old is tricky but this did it! We got home (to fork lightening and torrential rain of all things!) tired but happy. Success!
Our next big day out will be to Blackpool Zoo....look out for my post on that!
Are you going away this summer? Day out? Or spending a nice relaxed time at home?